Sunday, 07 February 2016

The Journey of SERVANTHOOD

Philippians 2:19-30

Pastor Jeremy Helmuth

Joy in the Journey of SERVANTHOOD  

If you want to experience joy in the journey of servanthood, you will surround yourself with three different kinds of relationships: a teacher, a student, and a friend.  If you lack in one of these areas, you will not experience the fullness of what God has in store for you.  

  • The Teacher (Paul): Someone to GUIDE me
    • Spiritual parents help us mature in our faith.
  • The Student (Timothy): Someone to MENTOR
    • Spiritual children help us multiply our faith.
  • The Friend (Epaphroditus): Someone to CARE for me  
    • Spiritual friends help us get through the maze of life.    

In the journey of servanthood: We should always be teaching, learning and loving.

Discussion Questions

Getting Started

1. Who has been one of your best mentors? Who took special interest in your life and poured their knowledge and experience into you?  Why do you think this mentor chose you?  What made him or her unique?    

Digging Deeper

2. “Go and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19-20).  Are you obeying this command from Jesus Christ?  Are you making disciples in your home (with your children or grandchildren), at work (meeting someone for lunch), at school (meeting someone before class to study God’s word), at church (group leaders)?  Also, what does a disciple look like?  What are the attributes of a true disciple?

3. The disciples “followed Jesus” (Matthew 4:20-22; 8:21-22; Mark 1:18).  Think through the life of Jesus Christ and discuss how He helped the 12 apostles develop in their own knowledge and leadership skills.  

4. Discuss the friendship of David and Jonathan (1 Samuel 18:1-3).  Also, read what the Proverbs have to say about being a friend (12:26; 17:17; 27:17).  What are the traits of a genuine friend?   Who is your friend?  

Applying the Bible

5. Are you mentoring anyone right now?  Are you taking someone through the steps of discipleship (follow, partner, multiply)?  If not, then why not?  Pray for God to bring someone into your life.  Open up your spiritual eyes so that you can see someone who needs your wisdom in order to mature as a Christian.  And then take the step this week to courageously invite them into a mentoring relationship.

6. Would you like someone to disciple you?  If yes, then write on the communication card your desire to connect with a mentor.